Successful host families are people who demonstrate a healthy duty of care.
Host families must:
If you have not hosted an international student before this may not be easy at first and it is important to understand that it will be equally difficult for the student as well so patience is required on the part of the host and the student. Good communication is essential which the host is expected to encourage from the moment your student arrives so they feel happy, secure and welcome
Washing machine must be provided for all students who stay with you. If it is a VIP booking then hosts are expected to do their laundry as this is included in their fees. Under 18 year old students must also have their laundry done for them as this is included in their fees. Over 18 year old students can do their own laundry once you show them how to use your equipment. Some hosts prefer to do the laundry for all students regardless of their age or the package they have chosen.
Toiletries and bed linen:
Students are expected to keep their bedrooms and bathrooms in clean tidy conditions at all times.Hosts are expected to clean their bedrooms and bathrooms once a week. Some students may be happy to do this themselves.
Locks and keys:
Bedrooms: For safety reasons it is recommended that bedroom doors are not locked. Living in a homestay should be a matter of trust. It is advisable that students do not leave large sums of money or other valuables in their bedrooms when unattended.
Bathrooms: It is advisable to provide locks for bathroom doors
House Key: On arrival students must be given their own house key
Communication: On arrival as part of their orientation please ensure that you give the student your phone number and address and ask them to carry this with them at all times in case of emergency. Likewise ask the student for their mobile number as well.